Verboticism: Fanchise


Created by: Filthy

Definition: n. A pop culture entertainment property, which has transcended itself and become a de facto religion with legions of devotees, prescribed rituals and sacred texts. v. To follow a pop culture icon with unquestioning devotion.


Sentence: Lloyd should have known that the Toxic Avenger had reached fanchise status when Troma fans errected a statue of Toxie in Lloyd's front yard and began a re-enactment of the final scene to the first film, complete with cascading intestines.

Etymology: There is disagreement on the origins of this word. Basically an altered spelling of 'franchise,' the term 'fanchise' may have it's other roots in either 'fan' (an ardent admirer or enthusiast) or the more extreme 'fanatic' (excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion). Most scholars have settled on the latter, citing the common conflation of religious fervor and fanaticism in American culture.

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Comments: Fanchise

Jabberwocky - 2008-08-12: 15:44:00
great etymology

lumina - 2008-08-12: 16:48:00
Good one! My fave so far!

metrohumanx - 2008-08-12: 22:15:00
Good word, No Other Authors ! Own up!

Filthy - 2008-08-12: 23:37:00
Thanks, all! metrohumanx, I'm not sure that I understand your comment.

OZZIEBOB - 2008-08-13: 18:25:00
good word

metrohumanx - 2008-08-15: 23:56:00
My page comes up with no author for this word...only the message"No other authors in this group" i don't know who wrote it.